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Old and New Lakes of Mostecko: A Lecture by hydrobiologist Ivo Přikryl

Frontiers of Solitude
Location: Lake Most
Tue 8.9. - 0:00

RNDr. Ivo Přikryl (b. 1952) is a hydrobiologist employed by ENKI o.p.s. in Třeboň. His research focuses on zooplankton in lakes, reservoirs and ponds, mostly in Central Europe. He is currently studying the possibilities for protecting wetlands and marshes, the management of reservoirs, and the recultivation of the landscape after open cast mining, especially in the Ore Mountains.

A remediation of the environmental (and the social) disturbances caused by open cast brown coal mining in the past in northwest Bohemia is a priority for state environmental policy. In order to provide a conceptual basis for the full restoration of land following such disturbances, a special interdisciplinary project supported by a grant from the Czech Ministry of the Environment was started in 2000. The initial stage of the project was intended to summarize and evaluate the findings and the works carried out in connection with various reclamation activities in the afflicted area over a period of more than 50 years.

The main aims of the three-year project are to make use of the best available knowledge in landscape environmental management, so as to harmonize the ecological, aesthetic, productive and social functions of a valuable new landscape, including the recovery of historical continuity and an understanding of “landscape memory”.

The basic landscape functions were assessed at two different levels of scale. On the large scale, the relevant attributes were investigated over the whole area of the Sokolov brown coal basin (220 km2). The data and experience acquired were used to define large scale guiding principles for the rehabilitation of a post-mining landscape. On the small scale, the basic characteristics and functions of the landscape were analysed in the Litov-Chlum model area (2 km2). The information derived from this analysis was used to formulate a small-scale approach for the rehabilitation of the model area and also to define general methodological principles.

duration: about 2 hours
max. 15 participants
contact: Dagmar Šubrtová (dasas@email.cz)

Full schedule and more information is available at the project website: http://frontiers -of-solitude.org
Registrations at: info@frontiersofsolitude.org

Workshop is organized by Školská 28 Gallery (DEAI/Setkání) as part of a bigger, transnational project called Frontiers of Solitude (www.frontiers-of-solitude.org/ ), supported from the EEA Grants (Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway) through the programme CZ06 Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Art. Partners of the project are Atelier Nord in Oslo, Norway, and the Center for Visual Art Skaftfell, Iceland.